Monday, March 2, 2015

Math Fact Families

We have been learning about fact families in math. Ask your child to tell you what they know about fact families. They should be able to tell you that they have 3 numbers (or members in the family), that they have 4 problems (plus,plus,minus,minus- have them show you the actions) and that the numbers need to be related. Today the kiddos worked with a partner to find the fact families associated with dominoes. They then used one of 3 iPad apps to show their learning and then uploaded their finished product to a Padlet wall to share with others including our Twitter buddies. 
Check out the Padlet below to see your child's learning. 
Click on any of the images and they will enlarge. There will then be an arrow in the top right hand corner that you can advance through each of the images. Enjoy!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Using Aurasma

During our library time last week, kiddos were able to use an app called, Aurasma to enjoy the 2nd grade research projects. Ask your child to tell you about the magic that happened when they pointed their iPad at the target image. 
We learned lots about different Arctic animals such as the Snowy Owl, Killer Whale, and Moose to name a few.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!
Valentine's Day came a day early to first grade and there were smiles all over the room. We started our morning by reading with our 4th grade buddies. We love it when we get together since we only see them every other month.

After buddies, we squeezed in our math lesson. We're learning about fair shares (an intro to fractions) and worked with sharing dimes and pennies. We learned that it doesn't matter if you're sharing frogs, dinosaurs or flip flops (Gavin are you smirking after reading that?!) or even pennies and dimes... a fair share, is still a fair share- 1 for me and 1 for you.

Frosting cookies
 Then we passed out our valentines. Everyone did a fantastic job finding the correct bags for their valentines to go in and those that finished quickly were so kind and helped friends that were having a hard time.

Hmmm.. which sprinkles to use?
We then frosted our own valentine cookies. Everyone got to choose 3 different cookie toppings and if they wanted vanilla or strawberry frosting. We had some pretty delicious creations!  Yum! 

Checking out all of the wonderful cards
Once all of that was done, we took time to open and enjoy all of our valentines.  Have a wonderful weekend and Valentine's Day with your families!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

100th day

Whew! What a day! We celebrated the 100th day of school today by making 100th day crowns (we hoped you liked our selfies), reading 100 sight words using QR codes, putting together 100 grid puzzles, and even seeing what we may look like when we are 100 years old. Check out our pics below. We are now in the process of writing about what we may do or look like when we are 100. Wait til you read our ideas.... more to follow on that in a few days!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

6 more weeks of winter!

Happy Groundhog Day and 
6 more weeks of winter!
We spent some time today learning a little bit about groundhogs and the history behind the day. Did you know that groundhogs live in burrows? Did you know that there burrows have different rooms- many of which are similar to rooms in our homes, including a kitchen, bedroom and yes, even a bathroom! We also used our iPads to find images of groundhogs so we could see what they looked like. We used the site Pics4Learning which is on the side bar to your right if you'd like to check it out. This site has copyright free, educational appropriate images. After finding images of groundhogs, we used those images to help us draw our own pics in our groundhog booklets. We'll be learning more about groundhogs as the week continues and will use that information as a springboard to our first informational writing piece. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Working with Word Families

This week we use a new app called, Popplet Lite to help us with our word study. During the week we worked on the short u families of -ug and -ut. On Friday we used what we knew about these sounds/families to sort and write words using the correct word family. We did this on Popplet by creating a box (a popple) for each word family. With each word, your child had to decide which word family was needed to make the word and then they attached a new popple (box) to the correct family and wrote the word themselves.
If you decide to try this app at home, the link is above. You are only able to create one Popplet at a time with the lite version. We simply take a screen shot of creations when we are done and then we're able to start a new Popplet. There is also a paid version here for $4.99 which allows you to create multiple Popplet boards.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

How Many Legs?

This week in math we worked on facts to 10 and will be learning a new strategy called, Making Ten to help us with our facts to 20. We also began working on 3 digit addition (4+3+7) using this Making Ten strategy.  We added the 7 and 3 together first to make "an easy shmeesy ten" which then makes adding the 4 simple. Have your hcild show you how this strategy works by asking them the following: 2+3+8 or 6+8+4. Remind them to find "the easy shmeesy 10"
We did a great problem solving activity this week as well where kiddos were given pictures of various animals that all had a different amount of legs (from snakes with none to fleas with 6, spiders with 8, geese with 2 and of course, DOGS!) Partners had to make as many combinations of 10 legs as they could using their pictures and then also writing the math sentence to match. The double-dog dare challenge was to find a way to use all of their pictures. There were some fantastic partner conversations going on and some great addition sentence combinations. This activity was a great stepping stone to using our Making Ten strategy in more complex situations. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015


We took a little time today to support the Packers by making Cheeseheads. We of course made one for Mr Sufka too!!